COVID-19 Safety and Health Protocols

Health Screening Tool

Continuing the safety measures introduced in the previous school year, we will be conducting regular COVID testing of unvaccinated students grades 1 through 12. That way, action can be taken right away to protect the school community if there’s a positive case. Submit your updated testing consent form for your child using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) at or by downloading the form online at and providing the completed printed form to your child’s school.

PS 166 parents can also submit the form in Operoo. 
Testing consent forms submitted in the previous school year expire on September 30, 2021. If you previously provided consent, your child may be tested this month as part of the in-school testing.


Complete DOE guidance regarding COVID-19 safety and health protocols were announced August 26, 2021 and are available on the DOE site  and as a PDF.  

Some highlights:

  • Mask wearing for ALL students and adults in the building will continue to be required.

  • Vaccinations are required for all DOE staff.

  • Social distancing requirements are 3 feet between students, where possible.

  • Testing will occur for 10% of the unvaccinated school population, twice a month. Testing will not be required for vaccinated individuals.


Provide Consent for COVID-19 Testing 

Fill out a COVID-19 testing consent form in your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) or download a printable version at Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn how to get started at

Support PS166 While Getting Vaccinated

Spread the word to anyone who is looking to get vaccinated! New York City is partnering with PTA and community groups like ours to encourage vaccination in our community. For every eligible person we refer to a city-run vaccination site or for an in-home appointment, Friends of PS166 will receive $100. 

Participation is easy:

1. Request an appointment using the NYC Vaccine Appointment Scheduler. 

2. During online registration, list "Friends of PS166" when asked "Were you referred for your vaccination by an organization as part of the NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Program?"

3. Friends of PS166 will receive cash for each referral up to $20,000. 


  • Upcoming Dates

    Thursday, October 21: PTA Meeting, 9:30 AM, Zoom
    Tuesday, Wednesday, October 26 & 27: School Picture Days
    Tuesday, November 2: Election Day, students receive remote asynchronous instruction
    Thursday, November 4: Parent Teacher Conferences, 11:40 AM dismissal for students
    Thursday, November 11: Veteran's Day, Schools Closed
    Thursday, November 18: PTA Meeting, 9:30 AM, Zoom
    Thursday-Friday, November 25, 26: Thanksgiving Recess, Schools Closed

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  • PS166 SCAVENGER HAUNT, Saturday, Oct. 23 10 AM - 5 PM

    Last day to purchase passes is Wednesday!

    What is the Scavenger Haunt?  
    Teams (of family or friends) will answer riddles that direct them to various locations in Central Park. PS166 Volunteers will ask you to complete a task, play a game, submit a picture or even dance and share your video!  In return, you will be given a puzzle piece.  Collect all of the puzzle pieces, reveal your final stop & receive your Scavenger Haunt Goodie Bag! 

    This isn’t a trick, everyone gets a treat! Everyone participating receives a goodie bag. With additional awards, Costume contest and more!.  Spooky pumpkin prizes.  More to come!

    To play:

    • Purchase your Haunt Pass
    • Download the app.
    • Set up your child(ren)’s profile and explore the app.
    • Select a Team Captain and create a team with one child, family or friends!

    How to Play | How to join the game.

    How to play on Oct 23rd

    • Dress up in costumes or PS166 wear (not required)
    • At 10 am the riddles go live!  Login and begin decoding your riddles.
    • Head out anytime between 10 am - 5 pm and have fun!
    • The hunt can take 1.5 - 2 hours.  Please make sure you have enough time to finish.

    Play later?
    From Sunday, Oct. 24 - Thursday, Oct. 28 is a 5-day Halloween Challenge.  The daily challenge can be done at home or around the neighborhood.  Children participating in only the 5 day challenge can pick-up their goodie bags at drop off on Friday, Oct. 29. Get your pass now!

    Can we do both? 
    YES!  We can only provide 1 goodie bag per child; however, we encourage you to participate in one or both.  The more people who play, the more fun it will be!

    One registration allows you to play in one or both.

    Volunteers Needed:  Sign up Here!

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    You may have heard NYPL's big announcement that all late fines have been eliminated, and all existing fines on member accounts have been cleared. Learn more about this policy change and see all the upcoming events in NYPL's Welcome Week, where all visitors will receive a free "welcome back pack" filled with school at supplies

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  • Parent Teacher Conferences, November 4

    Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 4th. It will be an early dismissal day for students with dismissal at 11:40 AM. Because of the shortened day, there are no lunch periods. Students will be given grab-and-go lunches on request as they are dismissed. 

    Conferences will be held remotely. More information will be shared soon about signing up for your conference. 

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  • Middle School Update

    The DOE has not yet released the middle school application or timeline information.  At this time, they do not have any updates regarding the admissions timeline, or the admissions methods that will be part of this year’s process. 
    Later this fall, public school families will receive a personalized welcome letter in the mail, which includes a unique code to access your child’s MySchools account. Please make sure the DOE has your correct address so you don't miss your letter. The best way to do that is to check your NYCSA student account. What you see there is what the DOE system has on file. 

    Please note that updating information on the blue card does not update the DOE system. You must notify the school with any changes in order to make them official. To change your address you need to submit two pieces of address verification. 

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  • GetFoodNYC: Free Food Locations

    NYC has a map of locations that offer free food (food pantries, soup kitchens), as well as farmers’ markets and grocery stores.  Please visit a map of food resources across the city.

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  • Lateness

    Arrival gates will close promptly at 8:20 AM. Students arriving after that time must enter through the main blue doors, where they will be given a late pass before proceeding to class.

    While the DOE did not penalize lateness during the 20-21 school year, this year lateness will again be on students' permanent attendance records. To ensure your child is not late, please plan on dropping your child off by 8:15 AM each day. This gives them a chance to line up with their classmates and have an unhurried start to their school day. 

    Remember,  late is late, whether it is one minute or one hour. Students who are not lined up with their class by 8:20 are late for school. Students arriving late because of a late bus are not marked late. 

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  • Family Income Inquiry Form

    Although lunch is free for NYC students, to assure the appropriate share of funding to our school, we still need every parent to complete a Family Income Inquiry Form (formerly known as the lunch form.) 

    If you have not yet filled out the form for your child(ren) you will receive a letter in your child's backpack. Some letters were backpacked yesterday and the rest will go home today. You do not need the letter to submit the form but if you receive a letter it confirms we do not have a form submitted for your child.

    The quickest way to submit the form is at at 

    Type in your zip code and state and then select  "New York City Schools" as the district.
    It is very convenient to fill it out online and you can include all your children on one form regardless of which school they attend.  If you feel you will not qualify for free or reduced lunch, just indicate it online.
    Paper forms take longer to process but will be provided on request. Send a note to your child's teacher if you would rather have a paper form. The paper form must be filled out by you, sent back to school with your child, collected by a staff member, put through a scanner and downloaded to the Department of Education. The DOE may take several weeks to then process the form.

    The superintendent's office keeps track of each school's percentage of submitted forms and expects us to have 100% response rate. So your prompt attention to submitting the form is appreciated! 

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  • Double Parking Prohibited on West 89th Street

    Please do not pick up your children by car in front of the school. West 89th street is a narrow street and double-parked cars hold up traffic, including buses that must get through. If you must pick up by car, and cannot find a parking spot on West 89th street, please park on one of the avenues and walk down. 

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  • Dismissal Updates

    Fifth Grade Dismissal Update: Beginning Monday, October 4th, fifth grade students will be dismissed at 2:40 PM, along with the rest of the school. They will still be dismissed in front of the blue doors, on either side of the first grade classes, which are closer to the doors. 

    4th and 5th Grade Permission to Self Dismiss: Fourth and fifth grade students may self-dismiss with a parent's permission. Parents and 4th and 5th grade students will receive a  message from Operoo with a self-dismissal form. If you would like your child to self-dismiss, please check the box   "My child has permission to walk home alone" and sign the form. We ask that you do this even if you have already given permission in writing to the teacher so that teachers will have them all in one place digitally. If you don't wish your child to self-dismiss you can either check the No Permission box or simply not respond. Reminders will not be sent for this form since it is not mandatory. 

    Kindergarten Dismissal Update: Kindergarten classes are dismissed one by one at the Kindergarten Gate. Since teachers and staff are still getting to know parents and caregivers, please stay either across the street or on the sidewalk closest to the street until your child's class is being dismissed. To eliminate confusion, please do not wave to your child until your child's name is called. When the teacher looks out and sees 4 adults waving, she does not know who is the adult for that particular child or who is waving to their child still in line. Once you have picked up your child, please promptly move away from the area to make way for the next group of parents/caregivers. Please share this information with your caregivers. 

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  • Picture Day, Oct. 26 & Oct. 27

    Pictures will be taken outside (to ensure social distancing and safety procedures) and in front of a white background. So, please make sure your children wear bright clothes on their particular day (schedule to come). 

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PTA Announcements

  • Shop PS166 Spiritwear Support PS 166!

    Show your pride with our exclusive selection of uniquely branded products. 100% of the profit goes towards the PS 166 PTA to help sustain the resources and programs that benefit every student at PS 166.

    Items may be shipped or picked up locally at Big Frog Custom T-shirts on the Upper West Side (80th/Broadway).


  • Join us for coffee and community!

    We would like to hear from you about how the first few weeks at PS166 have gone so far and give you an opportunity to meet and greet other parents in your grade. 
    Please meet us for coffee outside the West Side Community Garden gates across the street from the school after drop off. BYO masks. We'll bring the coffee!


    K-1 Parents: Friday, October 15
    2-3 Parents:  Monday, October 18
    4-5 Parents: Tuesday, October 19

  • Upcoming Dates

    • Tuesday/Wednesday, Oct. 26/27 - Picture Day
    • Oct. 23 (rain date Oct. 24)- PS166 Halloween Scavenger Haunt
    • Tuesday, Nov. 2 - Election Day- students receive remote asynchronous instruction.
    • Thursday, Nov. 4 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 
    • Nov 1 week - Thanksgiving Pie Sale
    • Mid-Nov - PS166 Online Book Fair
  • Calling All Mathletes

    We are pleased to announce that this year all PS166 students in grades 3-5 who wish to, will have the opportunity to participate in the Noetic Learning Math Contest, a national problem-solving competition.

    The goal of the contest is to encourage students’ interest in math, inspire them to excel, and develop students’ problem-solving and logical-reasoning skills. The Fall contest is in mid-November; students who participate will be given 20 math puzzles to solve in 45 minutes. If your child is interested in joining a PS166 math team, sign up here.

  • PS166 Scavenger Haunt, Saturday, Oct. 23 10 AM - 5 PM

    Registration opens later this week for PS166’s first-ever Scavenger Haunt!  Families and/or teams of friends will answer riddles that direct them to various locations around the UWS. Our PS166 Volunteers will ask you to complete a task, play a game, submit a picture or even dance at each spot!  In return, you will be given a puzzle piece.  Collect all of the puzzle pieces to receive your Scavenger Haunt Goodie Bag! 

    Want to volunteer?  Contact Tiffany!

  • Music: New Guitar Racks

    Thanks to your generous support, we were able to purchase guitar carts for the music room. Previously the guitars were stored in cases in a closet and it was time consuming and challenging to get them out for students to use. Now they are safe and easy for children to get out and put away. We can’t wait until our kids can get back in the music room to use them!

  • Parent Webinars

    CMI- Social emotional wellbeing in studentsSeptember 30, 2:30 PM 
    Catching Up After COVID-19: Social Skills and Friendships, September 30, 6:30 PM
    Introduction to Special Education, October 15, 10:00 AM

  • Share Your Skills

    Our school community relies on parents like you!  Please sign up here to learn more about volunteer opportunities, and to let us know what skills and services you may be able to share!

    Find out more about the fun events we have planned for this year here, and learn about volunteer opportunities. Email our VP of Volunteers, Tiffany Boyer, with questions or ideas, or to volunteer for an event!

  • Questions for the school?

    We'd love to hear! We really do want to take questions from our parent community and get answers for you. We will be meeting with the administration several times in the coming days, so let us know!

    Questions for the school? Submit Questions here

    Pick a topic for our parent workshop Hosted by CMI: Vote here

    Minutes for the June PTA meeting can be found here and we will vote on their approval at our next PTA meeting on October 21st at 9:30 am.


  • PTA Election Results

    Congratulations to our new PTA Executive Board and newly elected parent SLT members! The following are the results of the May 25th parent elections:

    PTA Executive Board
    Co-Presidents: Kristin Savov and Annalisa Petersen
    Co-Treasurers: Emilie Wang and Geeta Koolwal
    Recording Secretary: Sarah Sevier
    VP Fundraising: Simon Franceschi
    VP Events & Volunteers: Tiffany Boyer
    VP Grants: Radi Morris
    Financial Secretary: Ken Connolly
    Communications Secretary: Amie Ray

    Christine Nuzum
    Jenny Passero
    Yael Swica

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Earth with Leaves Sprouting

Green Committee

Advocacy Opportunity

Support the inclusion of climate change education into NY State High Schools by signing this petition.

Good News - electric buses

NYC’s first electric school buses will be added to the school bus fleet in September.


Families looking for places to take their food scraps for composting can search this list of current options, 

  • Sunday 12:00-1:00PM - 90th btw Columbus/Amsterdam- Westside Community Garden (the garden across from PS166)
  • Sunday 9:00-3:00PM - 77th btw Columbus/CPW- 79th Street Greenmarket
  • Friday 8:00-12.30PM - 97th St Greenmarket (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
  • Saturday 11:00-1:00PM (weather permitting) - W138th St & 12th Ave- Jenny's Garden

Want more information? Click here for more composting sites and information.

Free Textile RecyclingSaturdays, 9 AM-3PM

The Morningside Park Down-to-Earth Farmers Market (110th & Manhattan Avenue), accepts textiles weekly. In addition, Wearable Collections will pick up from your residence, although there is now a fee, and a large minimum amount: 

Another option is Pick Up Please:

Free and Safe shredding Event, Saturday, October 2, 12p-3p

620 Columbus Avenue (btwn 90th & 91st Streets, west side of street).
Info: Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell ( 212-866-3970); Council Member Helen Rosenthal (212-873-0282)


Be sure to check out the Green Committee Home Page for more info.

 Green Committee Home Page 


 Group of People

Community Updates



Catching Up After COVID-19: Social Skills and Friendships 

(webinar), Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30 PM

Online Parent Support Group
Include NYC offers informative webinars and an online parent support group where parents or guardians can share their experiences, struggles, and successes as parents of children with disabilities. Discussion topics include:

  • Self-care and balance
  • Coping with stress and mental health issues
  • Managing family dynamics
  • Helping your child make friends
  • Getting what your child needs at school
  • Supporting independence
  • Teaching self-advocacy  
  • Humor as a coping mechanism
  • Managing guilt and “what-if”s

Trying to contact a teacher or administrator? Click here for the school directory.

School Directory